Bloggers Who Are Also Authors (pt. 3) Jacquie Biggar – Letting Go #BookReview @JacqBiggar

I’m humbled by this beautiful review and surprise post on Carla Loves to Read- thank you so much!

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Welcome to my third post in my Authors to Read, Who are Part of the Blogging Community. For this post, I am highlighting, Jacquie Biggar, and author of many romance stories. On her blog, she posts reviews, gorgeous photos and other bookish posts. I recommend you check out her blog that is connected to her webpage. JACQUIE BIGGAR-USA TODAY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR None of the author’s who are part of this group of posts requested to be highlighted, nor am I receiving anything for these posts except my enjoyment reading their books.

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Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Meet the Authors 2023 – #Family #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Memoir Cheryl Oreglia, #Midlife #Change Toni Pike

I’m thrilled to be included with these amazing authors, Cheryl Oreglia and Toni Pike, on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord blog!

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Welcome to the 2023 series of meet the authors. This series offers me the opportunity to not just share my personal recommendation for the author, but to also check for new books I might have missed, changes to biographies and profile photos and check links.

I also I hope will introduce you to previously unknown authors to you and their books. As the curator of a towering TBR like most of you, I hope it will also encourage you to move books waiting in line up the queue.

The first author today is Jacquie Biggar who is a USA Today Bestselling writer of romance and I have enjoyed every book I have read from her wonderful portfolio.

Meet Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power…

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Spring #reading #Bookreviews- Queen of Diamonds @Sandra_Cox, The Beauty of Rain @WriterJamieBeck, Bright Lights, Big Christmas @MKayAndrews, Pack Up the Moon @Kristan_Higgins

Photo by u4e09 u70b9sky on Spring has arrived and my grumpy, downer spirit is renewed, lol. I've been reading up a storm and have fallen way behind in reviews- oops. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks I can make inroads on the omissions. Here are today's top picks. Click the covers to learn …

No, I didn’t get lost- I’ve been Busy #judging #gardening #reading

I'm sorry I disappeared for a while. No, I didn't get lost, I've been busy! lol As you probably know after all my online whining, we had to do a major overhaul of our garden thanks to the last few years of drought conditions. The RV Park chose this route rather than substantially raising our …

#Bookreview Featuring Strong Women, Return to Silverhills @Sandra_Cox #westernromance

After a stressful week it's soul-lifting to see signs of spring and gorgeous blue skies. My cat, Harley, (a Christmas gift from hubby eleven years ago) came down deathly sick. She wouldn't eat or drink and barely moved for three days. This was on Thursday night, so we couldn't even take her to the vet. …

#Bookreviews- The Hay Bale @PriscillaBettis, The Sorcerer’s Garden @DWallacePeach, Redemption @GMPlano, The Last Drive @HowellWave, The Bubble Reputation by Alex Craigie #reading

Spring is here and I'm so happy! This is one of the cute little crocuses popping up in the garden. I love their fuzzy orange sherbet centers 🙂 This week I have a few reviews from some of the amazing writers I've met on the blogs. Please click the covers and support our blogging community. …

Spring Green #SundayStills #photoChallenge

Terri Webster Brandt's Sunday Stills Challenge is GREEN this week. You can see her post here and join in if you're so inclined. Spring is slowly starting to show its colors in the Pacific Northwest. We are about a month behind normal, but I'm glad to see the sun! In the Spring, I have counted …

Pros and Cons: Series or Book? #reading #inspiration

Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on I came up with this post after watching an excellent short series on Amazon Prime last night- Daisy Jones & the Six. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, Daisy Jones & the Six follows the story of a 1970s band fronted by two feuding yet …

#bookreviews- North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan, A Father for Bella @JillWeatherholt, Now That You Mention It @Kristan_Higgins, A Girl Called Samson @AHarmon_author #reading

Photo by 7inchs on Isn't this photo magical? There's something about the ocean that instills the same sense of awe as witnessing the Aurora Borealis, a rainbow while the sun shines and the rain falls, a fawn. What part of nature is spellbinding for you? This week I've read a variety of interesting novels, …

February Book Reviews

Thank you, Diana Peach, for the lovely reviews including my romance novella, With This Heart.

Myths of the Mirror

This was a great month of reading, and I have some wonderful books to share. All but one of these books are written by indie authors, and I have to say, the talent in this community is amazing. Every month, I’m impressed almost beyond words. I hope everyone is up for some great reading.

February’s reviews include my 4 and 5-star reads of two dark short story collections, an international thriller, a romance novella, paranormal/occult fiction, a Christian thriller, experimental fiction, and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.


At the End of it All by Suzanne Craig-Whytock

Have you ever, while reading a collection of stories, jotted down your favorites to mention in a review? And when you finish the book, you realize that you just jotted down the entire table of contents? That’s this book.

Craig-Whytock is a marvelous writer of…

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#BookReviews- Just a Regular Boy by Catherine Ryan Hyde, The Angel Maker @writer_north, Identity by Nora Roberts, The Maid’s Diary @loreth, Home Front by Kristin Hannah #readingCommunity

Spring was soooo close, then we got a rude Arctic outflow that brought below seasonal temps and some of the white stuff. I'm hoping it doesn't do too much damage to the tender buds, but we shall see. This week I'm catching up on a few NetGalley reviews and one from a local bestselling author …

Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Book Review – #Family #Romance – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar

A special thank you to Sally Cronin for this wonderful review of Letting Go, the first in my Defiant Sisters Duet.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share my review for – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar.

About the book

A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.
When life gives you lemons…


Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal, and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.


The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer, instead it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve…

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#BookReviews- The Button @DLFinnAuthor, The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Preston & Child, Homecoming by Kate Morton, Sir Chocolate & the Valentine Toffee Cupid @BakeandWrite #Mystery #ReadingFC #ChildrensFic

Photo by Pedro Figueras on My reading has taken a turn into the dark and suspenseful. Do you go through phases, or prefer to stick with one genre? This week, I have a selection of the paranormal, fantasy, and creepy! Lynn must learn to trust again. Her survival depends on it in this …

Red, The Color of Love #SundayStills #Photography

It's been a while since I've participated in Terri Webster Schrandt's Sunday Stills Challenge, but with this month's theme being RED how could I not? You can check out Terri's post and participate here. The photo above is one of my Japanese Maples. I can't wait for spring to see its beautiful colors again! “If …

My Top Series of 2023 is Death defying- literally! #amreading #CharleyDavidson @Darynda

Photo by Mudassir Ali on I realize it's early in the year to be picking favorites, but holy-grim-reaper, the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is some of the best murder/mystery/fantasy/romance books I've read in a long time! I've known of Darynda for several years- in fact, her first book won the coveted RITA …

#BookReviews- Variety is the Spice of Life @sgc58, The Lemon Sisters @JillShalvis, True Colors by Kristin Hannah #Reading

Photo by Jenna Hamra on We've been enjoying a nice dry spell on the Pacific West Coast, but the temperatures are chilly overnight making a warm fire, cozy blanket, and a four-legged heating pad extra comforting. I'm still not writing, but I have been reading some excellent books which I hope to share with …

If I Were a Carpenter… #DreamJob #DailyPrompt

What's your dream job? Other than becoming a world-famous author (still working on that one 😁), or a National Geographic photographer (camera equipment is EXPENSIVE!), I used to fantasize about carpentry- I know, strange, right? Photo by Caroline Cagnin on I've always been a fan of captivating architecture, whether it's a twenty-story post-modern building, …

Top Five #Reads of 2022- #GoodreadsChallenge @sgc58 @katherinecenter @Dwallacepeach

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but the last two-three years have been a trial to the health and welfare of many and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. With that in mind, I want to apologize if I'm spotty on the blogs. I love this community, but life is …

The Last Drive – Sequel to Eternal Road – is Now Available on Amazon #newbook

Congrats to John Howell on his new release, The Last Drive! I picked up my copy, have you got yours?

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I’m pleased to say The Last Drive is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle formats. I have a full tour beginning on January 4th, but to prepare, it was necessary to secure the links by publishing. I didn’t want to do a pre-order, so I went live. Also, this means that the tour hosts will be getting the material within a week.

I am thrilled that twenty-two bloggers will be participating and consider them a grateful abundance of attention for this book. I will be using my blog space to announce the locations. Normal posts will be on hold until after the tour, so your inbox won’t suffer. I hope you will support the tour with visits since each post will be unique and carry a different excerpt.


In the sequel to Eternal Road – The final stop, Sam and James are reunited to look for two…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Posts from Your Archives – 2022 – Christmas and New Year Special – Short Story, The Bike by D.L. Finn

Sally Cronin shares this heart-warming holiday story by D.L Finn to put us into the spirit of giving ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1200 Posts from Your Archiveswhere bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience…

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

This series is along the same lines and is a celebration of Christmas and New Year.

I do appreciate that this is not a religious festival for everyone but it is a time of year when families and friends come together and our thoughts turn to our hopes and wishes for the coming year. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate in this festive series.

Today a wonderful short story from D.L. Finn that highlights the kindness of strangers even when we have perhaps taken a wrong turn, and…

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